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Mourvèdre Monday #9: Hewitson Old Garden 2005

Date: Mon, Mar 15, 2010 Wine Tasting

For this week’s Mourvèdre Monday, we’re hopping in the wayback machine. I mean waaaaaaaaayback. I’m talking the oldest known Mourvèdre vines in the world. I’m so excited I just might wet myself. Producer: Hewitson Grapes: 100% Mourvèdre Appellation: Barossa Valley, Australia Vineyard: All the grapes for this wine come from the “Old Garden” planted in 1853. Eight. Teen. Fifty. Three. [...]

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Rosenblum Rhodes Vineyard Petite Sirah 2005

Date: Fri, Mar 12, 2010 Wine Tasting

Rosenblum has always appealed to me because of it’s focus on Zin and it’s extensive lineup of vineyard-designate wines. I saw this Petite Sirah on the shelf a while back and the vineyard name struck a chord with me (see below), so I picked it up. Let’s check it out. Producer: Rosenblum Cellars Grapes: 100% Petite Sirah Appellation: [...]

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Shiraz Tastes Good: Penfold’s Thomas Hyland Shiraz 2006

Date: Wed, Mar 10, 2010 Wine Tasting

Aussie Shiraz is approaching Merlot-backlash territory in terms of becoming a wine style that some people wouldn’t be caught dead drinking (à la Sideways). Maybe that’s just in wine geek circles (not sure I have the most objective perspective on these things), but that’s where it starts, right? But there’s usually a reason a wine style becomes [...]

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Oddball Wine of the Week: La Mano Mencía

Date: Wed, Mar 3, 2010 Wine Tasting

This is the second appearance of the Mencía grape here in the Oddball series. The first was the terrific Viña Caneiro 2007 Ribeira Sacra. But this one is from Bierzo, another northwestern region of Spain. La Mano Mencía Roble 2007 Bierzo Producer: Vinos de Arganza Grapes: 100% Mencía Appellation: Bierzo (DO, Spain) Vineyards: No info on the bottle or website, but if [...]

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Mourvedre Monday #8: Castaño Monastrell 2007 Rosado

Date: Mon, Mar 1, 2010 Wine Tasting

A recent post over at Benito’s Wine Reviews got me thinking about rosé. I need a reminder every once in a while. Almost every time I drink one, I think, “Why don’t I drink this more often?” Then I go back to my reds and whites. So, as I was contemplating what to pull from [...]

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Hanna Sauvignon Blanc 2008 RRV

Date: Wed, Feb 24, 2010 Wine Tasting

Producer: Hanna Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc Appellation: Russian River Valley (AVA, California) Vineyards: From estate vineyards across RRV: Slusser 53%, Ricioli 11%, Brooks 11%, Gann Family 9%, Chalk Ridge 8%, Jensen Lane 3%, Crinella 2%, Mirabelle 1% and Gianquinto 1%. (I know all that vineyard detail doesn’t tell you much about the wine, but I can’t resist including [...]

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Mourvèdre Monday #7: Gros’Noré 2006 Bandol

Date: Sun, Feb 21, 2010 Wine Tasting

Through six weeks of the Mourvèdre Monday series, one would be pardoned for wondering why I didn’t name it Monastrell Monday, as four of the first six wines were from Spain, where Monastrell is the name for this grape. Finally, in week 7, we make it to Bandol. This is the most important region for [...]

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Mourvèdre Monday #6: Wrongo Dongo 2008

Date: Mon, Feb 15, 2010 Wine Tasting

I intended to avoid Spain for this week’s Mourvèdre Monday. Three of the first 5 installments have been Spanish Monastrells and I wanted more variety. I had my sights set on opening either a Bandol or an Aussie bottle in my cellar. But I’ve been sick since last Monday and I’m just getting back to [...]

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Chateau Raspail 2007 Gigondas

Date: Sat, Feb 13, 2010 Wine Tasting

My apologies in advance for the sketchy details on this bottle. There’s not much info on it to be found online. I’ve had a draft of this post sitting around for a while and I didn’t think I’d bother posting it, but I’ve been sick for a while and haven’t been drinking any wine so [...]

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Two Angels Petite Sirah 2006

Date: Thu, Feb 11, 2010 Wine Tasting

Producer: Two Angels Grapes: 100% Petite Sirah Appellation: High Valley. This is an AVA within the Lake County AVA in California. Vineyard: The grapes are sourced from Shannon Ridge Vineyards at nearly 2200 feet, which they claim are the highest in California. (It’s not called High Valley for nothing.)  Soils are volcanic and gravelly. A nice bit of [...]

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Wine Terms As Band Names

Date: Wed, Feb 10, 2010 Wine Tasting

The other day, I saw this t-shirt in a shop window on Sixth Street here in Austin: SELL YOUR COMPUTER BUY A GUITAR.  My first thought was “How would I blog? Could I write songs with tasting notes for lyrics?” (Terrible idea, I know.) Also, I don’t think VINEgeek would make a great band name. Perhaps VINEgeek [...]

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Mourvèdre Monday #5: Edward Sellers Cognito 2006

Date: Mon, Feb 8, 2010 Wine Tasting

It’s back to California for today’s Mourvèdre Monday post, specifically Paso Robles. Though I first fell in love with Mourvèdre via the old vines examples from Contra Costa County, Paso Robles is a hotbed of Rhône grape-growing in California. Edward Sellers is a Rhône-style specialist in Paso, with a focus on blends vs. varietal bottlings (though [...]

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Oddball Wine of the Week: Côte Est 2007 Catalan

Date: Sat, Feb 6, 2010 Wine Tasting

This was just a random pickup at Whole Foods one day. The label design caught my eye, then I noticed the blend, then “Catalan” on the label. Wait, doesn’t Catalan refer to Spain… as in Catalonia? But this is French. That was interesting enough for me to plunk down my $11. I wasn’t sure when [...]

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artezin Zinfandel 2007 Mendocino County

Date: Thu, Feb 4, 2010 Wine Tasting

artezin (I think they prefer no caps) is a part of the Hess Family of wineries. The label is focused on Zin, Petite Sirah and Carignan. In this wine, they “strive for a classic varietal, fruit-forward, ‘Zinny’ Zin.” Let’s see if they hit the mark for me. Producer: Artezin Wines Grapes: 91% Zinfandel, 9% Petite Sirah Appellation: Mendocino County [...]

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